Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST), a Social trekking company, established by Sankhuwasasabha Education Scholarship Foundation (SESF) Khandbari organizes treks in the mostly untouched trekking area around Makalu and Arun Valley Region of eastern Nepal.
They work in collaboration with the local communities to ensure a win-win situation between hosts and visitors. All the participants are committed to their community-based social tourism concept and want the local communities to directly benefit from tourism in the area. Local people provide meals and accommodations services to the trekkers in tea houses and home-stays. MAST also provides tourism awareness and, hygiene training to the local tourist service providers.
Guests are also offered to participate in various volunteer activities along their trek. All generated resources support an orphanage entitled Child Welfare Home Khandbari
SESF aims to provide opportunities to all needy children, especially girls from Khandbari and surrounding districts, for obtaining quality education. SESF has designed a child sponsorship program with the vision that the contribution of money and supplies can benefit and even change the lives of many poor and needy children of their community.
One of the governments registered and licensed social trekking companies in Nepal, has been offering social trekking opportunities for our guests around Makalu and Arun valley region of Eastern Nepal since 2010.
With a team of well experienced and dedicated staff we are excited about sharing the very best of Nepal with you and to help you plan the trip of a lifetime. Our service goes beyond tourism that lets you travel with a purpose, and experience the country the way we do. After all, you become part of the family when you trek with us. It is an incredible and unique experience!
Get off the beaten path and on lesser known routes in Nepal that see few trekkers and offer a rare view of the Himalayas. From rigorous treks to relaxed day tours, we've got something for everyone.
We pride ourselves as one of the region's best operators at the lowest cost possible. You only pay for what you need, really! Our trekking programs are highly affordable, flexible and customizable, and designed to offer you maximum enjoyment and adventure.
We foster a community-based approach to trekking through teahouse-style accommodation, village home-stays, local hires, locally-sourced resources, cultural exchanges, support for local service providers, and advocacy for an appreciation not only of nature, but also indigenous cultures. We serve as an ambassador for local communities by facilitating the exchange of goods and services between trekkers and local businesses, like tea houses and village home-stays. Our policy requires trekkers to pay directly to local service providers for their services rendered.
Enjoy the utmost safety during your trek with us. We are licensed and affiliated with Nepal Ministry of Tourism and TAAN. Our guides and porters are multi-lingual, professionally trained, and insured for your safety and wellbeing. They live here, and know your destination very well. They are also trained and insured, and have successfully led treks and expeditions across some of the most diverse and rugged mountain terrain in Nepal.
We employ local people and local resources. We put people at the heart of what we do and are proud to say that we run a social business. What's more, 100% of the income generated goes back to the local community. We're the low-impact, eco-friendly and community-oriented way to travel!
Your participation creates jobs for local youths and is a source of income and cultural exchange opportunity for the local population. Your participation will also financially benefit the local non-for-profit organization. They are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to help provide a better future for the orphaned children of Sankhuwasabha. They need volunteers to help out in the following areas:
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